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Defending champ Matt Kuchar advances in WGC Match Play

MARANA, Ariz., Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Defending champ Matt Kuchar advanced but Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy were bounced from the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship Thursday.

Craig Lee, Cabrero-Bello tied for European Tour lead

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Craig Lee, riding a 4-under-par second nine Friday, pulled into a tie for first after two rounds of the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
Zach Johnson reaches Top 10 in men's golf rankings

Zach Johnson reaches Top 10 in men's golf rankings

VIRGINIA WATER, England, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Zach Johnson beat Tiger Woods on the first playoff hole of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge and climbed into the men's world golf Top 10.
Pair of eagles help Bjorn to Nedbank Golf challenge title

Pair of eagles help Bjorn to Nedbank Golf challenge title

SUN CITY, South Africa, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Thomas Bjorn had a pair of back-nine eagles Sunday in coming from behind and winning the European Tour's Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Donaldson retains Nedbank Golf Challenge lead

SUN CITY, South Africa, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Jamie Donaldson used a 5-under-par 67 Saturday to maintain his three-stroke lead at the European Tour's Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.
Jamie Donaldson moves to front at Nedbank Golf Challenge

Jamie Donaldson moves to front at Nedbank Golf Challenge

SUN CITY, South Africa, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Jamie Donaldson used a fast start Friday to climb into the lead halfway through the European Tour's Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.
Luke Donald in front at Nedbank Golf Challenge

Luke Donald in front at Nedbank Golf Challenge

SUN CITY, South Africa, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Luke Donald was ahead by two strokes Thursday at the European Tour's Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa when play was stopped because of lightning.
Jason Day close to cracking golf ranking Top 10

Jason Day close to cracking golf ranking Top 10

VIRGINIA WATER, England, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Jason Day edges up next to the world golf rankings Top 10 with a win at the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf.

Jason Day posts two-stroke victory at World Cup of Golf

MELBOURNE, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Jason Day registered a 1-under-par 70 Sunday, holding off the field to claim the World Cup of Golf in Australia for his first win since 2010.
Jason Day takes lead at World Cup of Golf

Jason Day takes lead at World Cup of Golf

MELBOURNE, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Jason Day had three late birdies Saturday that gave him a 5-under-par 66 and the lead going into the final round of the PGA's World Cup of Golf in Australia.
Bjorn moves ahead in World Cup of Golf

Bjorn moves ahead in World Cup of Golf

MELBOURNE, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Thomas Bjorn, despite bookend bogeys, owns a one-stroke lead at Friday's halfway point of the PGA's ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf in Australia.
Bjorn, Streelman share World Cup of Golf lead

Bjorn, Streelman share World Cup of Golf lead

MELBOURNE, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Thomas Bjorn and Kevin Streelman share the individual lead Thursday and Danish and U.S. teams have the team lead at the PGA's World Cup of Golf in Australia .
Great Britain-Ireland tightens up Seve Cup

Great Britain-Ireland tightens up Seve Cup

PARIS, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- David Lynn and Scott Jamison closed fast for a win Friday that pulled Great Britain and Ireland to within one point of Continental Europe in the Seve Cup.
Continental Europe leads in battle for Seve Cup

Continental Europe leads in battle for Seve Cup

PARIS, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Mikko Ilonen and Thorbjorn Olesen edged Tommy Fleet and Chris Wood, giving Europe the lead over Great Britain and Ireland Thursday at the Seve Trophy.
McIlroy passes Rose in world golf rankings

McIlroy passes Rose in world golf rankings

VIRGINIA WATER, England, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Rory McIlroy moves up a spot to fourth, displacing Justin Rose in the only change Monday in the Top 10 of the men's world golf rankings.
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Denmark's Thomas Bjorn drives the ball during his practice round at the Royal Liverpool golf club in the 135th British Open championship in Hoylake on July 19, 2006. (UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott)
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Thomas Bjørn (born 18 February 1971) is a professional golfer from Denmark who plays on the European Tour. He is the most successful Danish golfer to have played the game having won thirteen tournaments worldwide on the European Tour. In 1999 he also became the first Dane to qualify for a European Ryder Cup team. Despite his success all over the world, Bjørn is widely remembered for his infamous collapse at Royal St. George's during the 2003 Open Championship, when he led by two strokes with three holes to play, but took three attempts to get out of a greenside bunker on the par three 16th, handing the tournament to young rookie Ben Curtis. This moment is so well recognised that even to the present day the bunker on the 16th at Royal St. George's is affectionately known as 'Bjørn's Bunker'.

Bjørn started his career playing on the Challenge Tour from 1993 to 1995. In 1995 he won four tournaments on the Challenge Tour to earn his card for his debut year on the European Tour in 1996. Bjørn made his breakthrough immediately winning his maiden tour title in his debut season at the Loch Lomond World Invitational. He became the first golfer from Denmark to win a tournament on the European Tour. He finished the 1996 season placed tenth on the Order of Merit. The follow up season in 1997 was steady with a number of top ten finishes without a win, however Bjørn did not have long to wait until his next win arrived. He won early in the 1998 season in Perth, Australia taking the Heineken Classic for his second European Tour title. Despite an over par final round of 74, Bjørn won by a single stroke from Ian Woosnam. A couple months later after a five week break from competitive golf, Bjørn won for the second time in 1998 at the Peugeot Open de Espana after a final round 66 took him to 21 under and one stroke ahead of the chasing pack. He later said “I didn’t really expect this after taking five weeks off, but when your confidence has gone like mine did after winning in Perth, it just shows it’s best to take a break and regroup." After his two wins he finished the year 6th on the Order of Merit.

After a winless period due to injuries and the birth of his first child, Bjørn returned to the winner's circle in October 1999 at the Sarazen World Open. This was his fourth career European Tour win and after an unspectacular year, he jumped up the standings to finish the season 14th on the Order of Merit.

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